Voting in the State Primary

Here's when, how, and where Southborough residents can vote, and who you can vote for

Above: Primary voting opens in a month at the Town House – or you can apply to vote by mail. (photos by Beth Melo)

Early voting in the state Primary opens tomorrow. So, it’s time for a reminder on what’s on the ballot and where/how you can cast it.

Reminder – you don’t have to be registered for a specific party to vote in the State primary. But, if you are registered with a party, you can’t vote on another party’s ballot. (And it’s too late to change your affiliation for this time around.)

Below I’m sharing the information on how to vote, followed by which candidates are vying for our votes. Since the last time I shared information, more candidates have posted campaign websites and/or participated in debates.

Voting By Mail

This summer, registered Southborough voters should have received a postcard offering options for voting by mail. If you took advantage of the option, you should have received the ballot earlier this month. (You can click here to track yours.) 

Southborough Ballot Drop in BoxRemember, you need to get them back in by the end of voting on September 6th. You can do that by mail, or in the Town Clerk’s official voting drop box at the Town House. 

It’s worth noting that through the mail is just one way that voters can cast their votes early. You can also vote in person at the Town Clerk’s office. Those hours, which begin this weekend, are listed below.

Voting in Person

Primary Day is Tuesday, September 6th, and the State Election is November 8th. Day-of voting for both is 6:30 am – 8:00 pm at Trottier Middle School gym, 49 Parkerville Road. 

Leading up to the primary, you can also vote in person at the Town House, 17 Common Street, 1st floor. Those early voting hours are:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, Aug. 29,  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 1, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday Sept 2, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you have any questions, call the Town Clerk at 508-485-0710 ext 3005 or email

Contests on the ballot

Below are details on who is competing for votes in the primaries. (For those that have campaign websites I could find, I inserted links so you can start researching their positions.) Only Democratic and Republican parties are holding primaries for our precincts.


  • Democrat ballot – Technically, the ballot offers a choice here. But the top-listed candidate has already officially withdrawn from this race.
  • Republican ballot – Candidates’ Debate: The Howie Carr Show

Lt. Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State


Governor’s Councillor – Third District

Uncontested in primary

We already know which candidates will be on the ballot this fall for the following positions. (Some of the uncontested candidates don’t even have opponents on another primary ballot. The deadline has bassed for Non-Party candidates to file to add their names to the November ballot. I’m not aware that any have, but can’t yet rule out that possibility.)

  • Treasurer
  • Representative in Congress – 2nd District
  • Senator in General Court – Middlesex & Worcester District
    • DemocratJames B. Eldridge (Incumbent, Acton resident)
    • Republican – Anthony Christakis (Wayland resident)
  • Representative in General Court – 19th Worcester District
  • District Attorney – Middle District 
  • Sheriff – Worcester County  
    • DemocratDavid M. Fontaine (Veteran, Paxton resident)
    • Republican – Lewis G. Evangelidis (Incumbent, Holden resident)

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Kelly Roney
26 days ago

Please note that, at this date, Sec. Bill Galvin recommends delivering your mail ballot to eliminate the possibility that slow delivery via the Post Office might lead to your ballot arriving after Election Day. There’s no mulligan for a pre-election postmark.
There is a dropbox at the Town House.

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